• Philip Aguirre y Otegui, Matrasdrager (The Mattress Porter), 2001, concrete, foam rubber, 82 5/8 x 42 1/8 x 70 7/8".

    Philip Aguirre y Otegui


    Even before entering Mu.ZEE, the museum hosting the latest exhibition of the work of Belgian artist Philip Aguirre y Otegui, the approaching visitor could see the epoxy sculpture Fallen Dictator, 2005, which looked like a knocked-over prop or a showroom dummy behind the building’s ground-floor windows. This association seemed particularly appropriate, given that the building was once a department store; these very same windows formerly showcased the latest fashion trends. But while the windows were designed for commercial promotion, Aguirre’s sculpture is meant to criticize power. It is hard to

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